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Public warned to be extra vigilant when purchasing and using Nurofen Plus


26 August 2011

The MHRA is advising people to be extra vigilant if taking Nurofen Plus pain relief tablets following reports that the anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets. Nurofen Plus is only available from behind the counter at pharmacies. Only three defective packs have been found in pharmacies across the UK.

If you have purchased a packet please check the contents carefully. In all reported cases a blister strip of Seroquel tablets, which are clearly labelled as such, have been found inside a box of Nurofen. Seroquel tablets have not been found within a blister strip labelled as Nurofen.

If you have an affected packet please return it to pharmacy where you bought it from or report it to the MHRA on 020 3080 6000 or email info@mhra.gsi.gov.uk

If you think you may have taken a Seroquel tablet and have any concerns please speak to your healthcare professional.

Is my packet affected?

  • Seroquel tablets are large and capsule shaped and can be identified by their gold and black packaging.
  • Nurofen Plus tablets are smaller and can be identified by their silver and black packaging.
  • The potential problem only affects certain batch numbers:

Pack size Batch number Expiry date Product licence no
 32 Tablets  13JJ  03/2014  00327 / 0082
 32 Tablets  57JJ  05/2014  00063 / 0376
 32 Tablets  49JJ  05/2014  00063 / 0376




MHRA Press Release: Public warned to be extra vigilant when purchasing and using Nurofen Plus

Page last modified: 26 August 2011